Easts Tigers and the Sunshine Coast Falcons enjoyed strong victories during Round 5 of the Intrust Super Cup over the weekend.
Hampton stars in Falcons' first win since July
The Sunshine Coast Falcons recorded their first win since July on Sunday with playmaker Ben Hampton instrumental in the victory, scoring a hat-trick.
A 26-point win over the PNG Hunters at Sunshine Coast Stadium also included a double to winger Suliasi Vunivalu who capitalised on a wave of Falcons attacking play. After starting Storm's opening four games of the NRL season, Young Tonumaipea featured for the Sunshine Coast filling in at fullback while forwards Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Tom Learoyd-Lahrs provided plenty of punch up the middle of the park.
Holding a 10-point lead at the main break, a strong second half from the hosts allowed the Falcons to build on their lead and record their first win of the 2015 season.
The Sunshine Coast Falcons will look to make it back-to-back wins in Round 6 of the Intrust Super Cup when they meet the Tweed Heads Seagulls.
Sunshine Coast Falcons 36
Tries: Ben Hampton 3, Suliasi Vunivalu 2, Callum Klein, Mitch Ebdon
Goals: Brett Doherty 3, Travis Robinson 1
PNG Hunters 10
Tries: Edward Goma, Willie Minoga
Goals: Roger Laka 1
at Sunshine Coast Stadium.
Sunshine Coast Falcons: 20. Young Tounimaipea 2. Travis Robinson 3. Rueben Baillie 4. Callum Klein 5. Suli Vunivalu 6. Ben Hampton 7. Brett Doherty 8. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 9. Slade Griffin 10. Jon Platt 11. Hymel Hunt 12. Jake Samoa 13. Tom Murphy 14. Billy Brittain 15. Jye Ballinger 19. Tom Learoyd-Lahrs 17. Mitch Ebdon
PNG Hunters: 1. Stargroth Amean 2. Oti Bland Tony 3. Ase Boas 20. Kato Ottio 5. Edward Goma 6. Israel Eliab 7. Roger Laka 8. Henry Noki 9. Wartovo Puara 10. Esau Siune 11. Willie Minoga 12. Brandy Peter 13. Adam Korave 14. Warren Glare 15. Atte Bina 16. Nickson Borana Ugaia 17. Jay Jay Garrison